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Revis on Schiano's Bucs tenure: 'Guys didn't like coming to work'

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

One of his former players didn't think much of Greg Schiano. (USATSI)
One of his former players didn't think much of Greg Schiano. (USATSI)

For some reason, former Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano was a coaching candidate for the Browns for about 15 minutes on Wednesday, but ultimately, he won't get the job (it appears that Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is still the favorite to land it).

And while Schiano's firing from the Tampa Bay job was actually somewhat surprising, cornerback Darrelle Revis gave some insight into what it was like to play for the Buccaneers in 2013.

"The atmosphere, I felt like, was real tense," Revis said, via the Tampa Bay Times. "Guys didn't like coming to work. That's one of the things you have to have, a stress-free atmosphere and environment. You're going to get everything out of everybody if it's stress-free and let people be who they are. I just didn't feel he did a very good job of that. It was a learning experience for him as well, and hopefully, if he ever gets another stab at it, he'll do things differently."

Well, it seems difficult to believe that an NFL locker room could be stress-free, especially with the everlasting knowledge that anybody could be injured or lose their job at any time. But if Schiano is making his players more stressed, that oftentimes is not a great attribute to have as a coach.

Revis is at the Pro Bowl this week, and he said that some of his colleagues said the Buccaneers schemes were a joke.

"There's a difference between being a head coach and in control of the whole team and the whole organization at the time," Revis said. "Everybody's got their own schemes and what they bring to the table.

"I wish he would have listened to some of the players a little bit more, especially the veterans and some of the older guys. We can go down the line like Dashon Goldson, Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks, Vincent Jackson and those type of guys and listen to them. But he was the boss, and you've got to fall in line."

Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith, though, comes into his new job with a solid reputation among his former players.

"One of the guys I really listened to was Brian Urlacher," Revis said. "He said, 'You're going to love Lovie.' Brandon Marshall … told me I'm going to love Lovie. You've got to run with that in Tampa, Love Lovie. All the guys that played under him have good things to say about him."

Unlike, say, a certain coach who's now unemployed.

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